Whirligig

Whirl"i*gig

(?), n. [Whirl + gig.]
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1. A child's toy, spun or whirled around like a wheel upon an axis, or like a top. Johnson.
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2. Anything which whirls around, or in which persons or things are whirled about, as a frame with seats or wooden horses.
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With a whirligig of jubilant mosquitoes spinning about each head.
G. W. Cable.
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3. A medival instrument for punishing petty offenders, being a kind of wooden cage turning on a pivot, in which the offender was whirled round with great velocity.
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4. (Zol.) Any one of numerous species of beetles belonging to Gyrinus and allied genera. The body is firm, oval or boatlike in form, and usually dark colored with a bronzelike luster. These beetles live mostly on the surface of water, and move about with great celerity in a gyrating, or circular, manner, but they are also able to dive and swim rapidly. The larva is aquatic. Called also weaver, whirlwig, and whirlwig beetle.
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